Ultimate Guide to Referral Traffic : How to Increase Referral Traffic

Referral traffic refers to the visitors and viewers who come to a website through a referral link. Traffic can be of several types, we have organic traffic which means traffic directly emanating as a result of search engine queries. Advertising/Paid traffic, which is a result of pay-per-click programs. Direct traffic, is the result of someone entering our exact web address in their browsers. Or someone who has bookmarked your site content and is directly visiting from there.

What does Referral traffic mean?

Referral traffic is traffic referred to your website via social networking sites, directly from search engines, links that you made on the web which can be via guest blogging, commenting or affiliates, listings that you may have in web directories, or from sites where people have linked to your images (hotlinking). Today we will cover referral traffic in detail, We will cover all aspects regarding how to generate referral traffic, how to increase referral traffic, what are the benefits of increased referral traffic, what types of referral traffic, and what it implies when you see an unexpected surge in referral traffic.

How to generate referral traffic and its importance?

1.) Guest Blogging

as a means to generate referral traffic. Guest posts are a great means of link building. It’s as simple as people who need content pay in the form of links to the people who generate content. Barter system, you see! Whenever you get a visitor from a link on another site that you posted on then this is an excellent form of referral traffic. If the site in question was a high authority site with lots of visitors then the amount of traffic flow would be great too.

affiliate driving referral traffic2.) Affiliate programs:

For those bloggers or internet marketers who already have an affiliate strategy in place to promote their products, it would be a good source of generating referral traffic. It’s because everyone who signs up for your affiliate program will try to earn by promoting your products. This will be an excellent source of referral traffic for you. It is because this kind of traffic is targeted traffic which can lead to purchases and increased sales.

3.) Advertising on other sites:

Firstly find the sites that have the target audience that you are looking for. After that either opt for text links or banner advertising on those sites. It’s a really smart move to spend money. Especially when you yourself are selling some product and are in need of people who will buy your products.

4.) Online forums:

However, with the advent of social media, forums have taken a backseat. But still if leveraged properly, forums still have the power to help people soar in rankings. One of my fellow bloggers jumped from PR 0 to PR 2 within the span of a single update after getting a signature link from his profile to his blog. (The forum was UC forum.) Even in contributing in forums on social networks (like Facebook Groups), there are high chances of people discovering your blog if you are a good contributing member.

5.) Blog commenting:

Though this has been said many times. Still consider this, having a constructive comment that shows your knowledge and solves the curiosity of other readers on a blog is sure to drive lots of referral traffic to your website.

6.) Bookmarking sites:

Sites like Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and Scoop.it, Tumblr, and Blog Engage are excellent places to start bookmarking your links. Some of these sites can give you traffic which can even bring your web hosting down if you ever had the good luck to reach the front page.

7.) Coverage in media, or other popular sites (interviews):

The greatest boost for your brand comes when an established brand mentions you as we got mentioned by Nokia. Interviews are another great way for people to get to know about your brand and yourself. These help in the overall branding of your blog/website as a business.

inspire2rise on conversations nokia referral traffic

8.) Newsletters and Press Releases

are the final ways to gain traffic via this method: Make people sign up for your newsletter. Give them a reason to subscribe to your newsletter. The reason can be anything from constant updates to top-notch quality content or troll posts so funny that make people laugh so hard that they can’t get up for weeks.

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The use of newsletters can be quite rewarding!

Press releases are the written or electronic media updates that you send to large publishing houses. For example, if you are a start-up then you can do a press release about your next product. This is one of the sure shot and tried and tested ways to get traffic.

9.) Social media:

The greatest source of traffic in today’s age other than search engine optimization-seo is social media. Social media strategies should be in place to boost your reach apart from search engines. Adding social sharing buttons and being active on social media can boost traffic in a way that is unmatched. I currently have seen a surge in traffic from Google Plus and Twitter.

referral traffic twitter

Twitter can boost your website traffic in the most beneficial way. It’s because of the fact that the hundred and forty character limit leaves too much to be desired. So users are naturally driven towards clicking on your links.
Read Mashable’s article on how Facebook Likes to increase referral traffic to blogs here.

Different types of referral traffic:

Referral traffic can be said to be of two types depending upon what it leads to. The types are good referral traffic and bad referral traffic.

  • The good one implies that it’s the targeted traffic that leads to sales and conversions, subscriptions, regular visits, or word-of-mouth publicity. These are the people who come from places with similar content souls as your website’s. They won’t hesitate to use your services or buy from you as they consider you trustworthy.
  • The bad one implies the traffic which is pointless. These people are one-time visitors who might stay a minute or two on your site and then leave. These are visitors who won’t add long-term value to your user base. So, it’s better to try and build connections from places that have like-minded audiences as your site has.

How to find the sources of referral traffic to your site :

The simplest, easiest, and best way to track referral traffic is via the Google Analytics tools, as explained in the images below.

referral traffics tracking through google analytics

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All the various sources of referral traffic and the percentage of traffic obtained can be checked in one place!

What does an increase in Referral traffic mean and what are the benefits of increased referral traffic :

An increase in referral traffic means the possible chances of an increase in the Page Rank of your website. Although because of infrequent updates, the PR metric is losing its charm, it’s still a good indicator of the value of a website.

The benefits of such traffic are that it provides you with a constant source of traffic apart from search engines. You don’t have to constantly fear that the Google Panda or the Google Penguin update might hit you and make you lose all of your traffic. If you drive significant referral traffic to a post from various sources, then search engines consider it to be an authority page and rank it higher.

NOTE: An unexpected surge in referral traffic means that you are going to get either a boost in Page rank or your website’s ranking is going to improve in Google in the near future.

So, this was all about Referral traffic. Have any doubts? Want to ask some queries of yours. Then the comments are always open for you!

rock concert referral traffic guide
Isn’t that the best way to get referral traffic? I am thinking of holding my own rock concert soon! 😀

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Aditya Nath Jha is an Engineer from New Delhi, India. His areas of interest include Gadgets, WordPress, speed optimization & latest technology. When he is not busy blogging he loves to write poetry, compose his own songs and has a taste for music! Find him on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Instagram. And watch his videos on YouTube.

Ultimate Guide to Referral Traffic : How to Increase Referral Traffic

16 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Referral Traffic : How to Increase Referral Traffic”

  1. Awesome Man,
    For me Guest Blogging and Social Media are two main sources of referral traffic, I’ll try to work on other methods too.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I think commenting on others blog is the easiest way to create back link to your site….but I will also try other methods just because of your article ……… it’s really inspiring as your site name suggests!

  3. Hello,

    Informative post mate, Well no doubt social media and guest blogging is great source for getting good referral traffic. Some times facebook works great to send awesome traffic via links.


  4. This is a brilliant article, referral traffic is so important specially through generation it can help you to rank your site or blog, and all of your tips are really useful, blogging commenting and forum posting are still the best way to find referral traffic. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Referral traffic really helps to build relationships among bloggers and also bring targeted traffic. There are a few things which I wasn’t doing, will start doing now 🙂

  6. Hello,

    Never knew that affiliate program also generate referral traffic. I’m just getting cool referral traffic from social media and backlinks like guest blogging and blog comments. Your tips and guide is really informative.


  7. I have only one word to say, WoW. I read the article what a awesome article, improving my website google ranking thank you for sharing. I have a lot of work you will find a lovely support.This post is very inspiring me. I always take your advices very seriously, keep posted.

  8. Hi Aditya,

    Yes, getting more referral traffic to blog is much interesting. Guest posting is a very effective to get better results. And,all these ways you explained in this post are really awesome.

    However, thanks for this awesome post!


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